Your guide to the 2018 MLB playoffs

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The Los Angeles Dodgers won two straight at home, the latter behind seven strong innings from Clayton Kershaw to take a 3-2 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series. In the American League Championship Series, the Boston Red Sox continued to pour on the offense for a 3-1 series lead in Houston against the Astros.

League Championship Series schedule

Friday, Oct. 12
NLCS Game 1: Brewers 6, Dodgers 5

Saturday, Oct. 13
NLCS Game 2: Dodgers 4, Brewers 3
ALCS Game 1: Astros 7, Red Sox 2

Sunday, Oct. 14
ALCS Game 2: Red Sox 7, Astros 5

Monday, Oct. 15
NLCS Game 3: Brewers 4, Dodgers 0

Tuesday, Oct. 16
ALCS Game 3: Red Sox 8, Astros 2
NLCS Game 4: Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (13 innings)

Wednesday, Oct. 17
NLCS Game 5: Dodgers 5, Brewers 2
ALCS Game 4: Red Sox 8, Astros 6

Thursday, Oct. 18
ALCS Game 5: Red Sox at Astros, 8:09 p.m. (TBS)

Friday, Oct. 19
NLCS Game 6: Dodgers at Brewers, 8:39 p.m. (FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 20
ALCS Game 6*: Astros at Red Sox, 5:09 p.m.^ (TBS)
NLCS Game 7*: Dodgers at Brewers, 9:09 p.m. (Fox or FS1)
^if there is no NLCS Game 7, ALCS Game 6 will start at 8:09 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21
ALCS Game 7*: Astros at Red Sox, 7:39 p.m. (TBS)

Postseason preview

We got a nice head start on postseason baseball with the unprecedented double tiebreaker on Oct. 1, but now that the National League is all settled we get the real thing, with four weeks of playoff baseball to entertain us for the remainder of October.

For the second season in a row we have three 100-win teams, lead by a juggernaut Boston Red Sox team that set a franchise record with 108 victories. They were joined by the Houston Astros (103 wins) and the New York Yankees (100), the first time that there have been three 100-win teams in the same league.

Seven teams from last year’s playoffs are back, including both World Series participants — the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Milwaukee Brewers are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and are the top seed in the National League. Other playoff droughts erased are the young Atlanta Braves (last playoffs: 2013) and the surging Oakland Athletics (2014).

Teams

American League

  1. Boston Red Sox (108-54)
  2. Houston Astros (103-59)
  3. Cleveland Indians (91-71)
  4. New York Yankees (100-62)
  5. Oakland Athletics (97-65)

National League

  1. Milwaukee Brewers (96-67)
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71)
  3. Atlanta Braves (90-72)
  4. Chicago Cubs (95-68)
  5. Colorado Rockies (91-72)

Format

Both Wild Card Games are single-elimination, with the National League starting things off on Tuesday, Oct. 2, followed by the American League on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Division Series are best-of-five with a 2-2-1 format. The League Championship Series and World Series are both best-of-seven formats in a 2-3-2 schedule.

Home field advantage goes to the team with the best record, though a Wild Card winner cannot have home field advantage in the League Championship Series. The most recent example of this was the 2015 NLCS, when the 90-win, division-winning Mets had home field advantage over the 97-win, Wild Card Cubs.

Odds

As of Oct. 2, here are the gambling odds for each team to win the World Series, per Bovada:

  • Red Sox 3/1
  • Astros 13/4
  • Dodgers 6/1
  • Indians 9/1
  • Brewers 9/1
  • Braves 11/1
  • Yankees 11/1
  • Cubs 14/1
  • Athletics 14/1
  • Rockies 18/1

Bracket

 Source: MLB.com

Schedule

All times ET
*if necessary

League Championship Series

World Series

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Game 1 (Fox)

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Game 2 (Fox)

Friday, Oct. 26
Game 3 (Fox)

Saturday, Oct. 27
Game 4 (Fox)

Sunday, Oct. 28
Game 5* (Fox)

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Game 6* (Fox)

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Game 7* (Fox)


Wild Card

Tuesday, Oct. 2
NL Wild Card Game: Rockies 2, Cubs 1 (13)

Wednesday, Oct. 3
AL Wild Card Game: Yankees 7, A’s 2

Division Series

Thursday, Oct. 4
NLDS Game 1: Brewers 3, Rockies 2 (10)
NLDS Game 1: Dodgers 6, Braves 0

Friday, Oct. 5
ALDS Game 1: Astros 7, Indians 2
NLDS Game 2: Brewers 4, Rockies 0
ALDS Game 1: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4
NLDS Game 2: Dodgers 3, Braves 0

Saturday, Oct. 6
ALDS Game 2: Astros 3, Indians 1
ALDS Game 2: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2

Sunday, Oct. 7
NLDS Game 3: Brewers 6, Rockies 0
NLDS Game 3: Braves 6, Dodgers 5

Monday, Oct. 8
ALDS Game 3: Astros 11, Indians 3
NLDS Game 4: Dodgers 6, Braves 2
ALDS Game 3: Red Sox 16, Yankees 1

Tuesday, Oct. 9
ALDS Game 4: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

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